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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1941 (USA)
A psychoanalyst causes a woman to doubt her happy marriage.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Walter Reisch (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jill Baker
Melvyn Douglas ... Larry Baker
Burgess Meredith ... Alexander Sebastian
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Vengard
Olive Blakeney ... Margie
Harry Davenport ... Jones
Sig Ruman ... Kafka (as Sig Rumann)
Eve Arden ... Sally Aikens
Richard Carle ... The Butler
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Storyline

Against her better judgement, happily married Jill Baker is persuaded to see a popular psychoanalyst about her psychosomatic hiccups. Soon, she's disillusioned about husband Larry; and one day in the doctor's waiting room she meets pianist Alexander Sebastian, who's even more confused than she is. Can this marriage be saved? Larry has a plan that is pure Lubitsch... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It's a serious problem for a lady with the hiccups, and he is it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

20 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernst Lubitsch's That Uncertain Feeling See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite the indifferent reception the film received, the cast treasured its experience with director Ernst Lubitsch and the atmosphere he created on set. Burgess Meredith enjoyed working on the production and years later recalled, "I don't know when I had a better time in my whole career than during that period." Of Lubitsch, Meredith said, "He was very psychic. I'd fall down laughing because right away he'd improvise, in the middle of a scene he was doing for me, some very personal thing about my life, with his big cigar in his mouth, and he knew I'd come over and say, 'How did you know about that?' and he'd say, 'I have ways of knowing.' " See more »

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When Jill first goes to see Dr. Vangard, as he starts to sit down at his desk, his left hand is on the arm of the chair. In the next shot, still in the process of sitting down, his left hand is now up on his desk. See more »

Quotes

Margie Stallings: A gargle. That's the bugle call of marriage. Gargle is reveille, snore is taps.
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A shame this film has been misunderstood
22 February 2019 | by philip-davies31See all my reviews

Just a quick observation: It is my impression that the reason TUF is such a neglected gem appears to be the unwillingness of audiences, both in 1941 and to this day, to accept Lubitsch's melding of his own European style with the then-popular American 'screwball comedy' genre. I don't think either the ordinary American audiences who liked their comedy broader, or the European audiences - along with intellectual sophisticates in the US - ever understood, and certainly never accepted, this hybrid.

I think that's a shame, because I like the film, and find it both witty and hilarious, and abundantly blessed with the sort of intelligence and polish which makes Lubitsch films a sheer delight.


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